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Ottawa skating rink on ice until temps cool

Some in Ottawa are hoping for ice.

Not on the road, of course, but at Thornton Park for the new ice skating rink.

Commissioner James Less said all the pieces are in place for the free skating rink, other than the chillier temperatures to free the ice.

"It's been a really weird winter so far, actually," Less said.

"It's been good for overtime and materials for falling snow but we don't care about that, we want ice," he joked.

The original estimated opening date was planned for Saturday, but the weather ended up remaining warmer than weather forecasts originally planned, and now temperatures for the weekend are looking to be in the mid 40s to low 30s, according to Accuweather.

Less said about three days around freezing temperatures and three nights in the lower 20s or upper teens would be enough to build the ice to the point where it's not only usable but also resistant to slightly warmer temperatures.

Even a little bit of snowfall could help insulate the ground and keep heat from transferring.

Until then, everything else remains ready. The ice rink has been set up with an access ramp on and off the ice as well as posting of the rink's rules.

"We're holding steady and just waiting for Mother Nature to drop off some cooler (weather) and get those chilly days," Less said.

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